It was accidental that I learned about “Brothers at War,” a documentary about two brothers who served multiple combat tours in Iraq. I had phoned Norman Powell, multiple award-winning producer of “24” and many MOW’s, to congratulate him on his article in the summer edition of The Caucus Journal. In it, Powell salutes Norman Lear for his Declaration of Independence Tour and the emergence of the Declare Yourself movement, which resulted in the registration of more than one million new voters in 2004 and 2006 and whose aim it is to register the four million young people who have since become eligible to vote. Powell reminds that Lear, who purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it around the country to remind Americans of its content, was not a Johnny-come-lately patriot — in 1942, Lear joined the Air Force and flew 52 combat missions in a B-17 strategic bomber.
Powell interviewed Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Jack Jacobs for the documentary. Jacobs said: “There is a common thread that goes all the way back to 1776 and we’ve still got the thread in our hand. We can follow it back if we want. And the fact that we actually hold that cultural and political thread is very, very important. It’s very, very important we don’t let it go.” Powell says Lear’s Declaration of Independence tour and “Declare Yourself” campaign “are powerful reminders that we must never let that thread go.” Powell and Jake Rademacher have completed “Brothers at War” and showed it at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington where General George Casey congratulated them. Powell calls the film “a labor of love.”